Throwback Thursday: Why Mississippi State shouldn’t overlook Louisiana Tech
It would be easy for Mississippi State to overlook its last non-conference opponent of the 2015 season. Mississippi State is a 13.5-point favorite over Week 7 opponent Louisiana Tech, and before Western Kentucky beat Vandy this season, the last time a current Conference USA opponent had beaten an SEC team was 2010.
But the underdog has won before in this matchup. So in the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, let’s fire up the flux capacitor and take the DeLorean back to … well, 2008.
It was the season opener and at the time, Louisiana Tech hadn’t beaten a BCS conference team in five years. The then-WAC school had also not walked off the field victorious against an SEC team since 1999. But on that September day, Louisiana Tech knocked off Mississippi State 22-14.
Mississippi State held a five-point lead at halftime, but three third quarter turnovers doomed the Bulldogs in the second half. Then Mississippi State quarterback Wesley Carroll had a rough day, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and throwing three interceptions.
Louisiana Tech kicker Brad Oestriecher proved to be the difference, as he went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and made attempts from 48 and 50 yards out.
That is the last time Louisiana Tech, which also beat Mississippi State in 1968 and 1996, defeated the Bulldogs. The two schools have met once since then in 2011, and Mississippi State won 26-20.
So while Mississippi State may lead the all-time series, 8-3, the 2008 upset shows exactly why the Bulldogs can’t afford to take this Saturday’s opponent lightly.